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Virtual reality and computer-enhanced training applied to wheeled mobility: An overview of work in pittsburgh

Cooper, RA and Ding, D and Simpson, R and Fitzgerald, SG and Spaeth, DM and Guo, S and Koontz, AM and Cooper, R and Kim, J and Boninger, ML (2005) Virtual reality and computer-enhanced training applied to wheeled mobility: An overview of work in pittsburgh. Assistive Technology, 17 (2). 159 - 170. ISSN 1040-0435

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Abstract

Some aspects of assistive technology can be enhanced by the application of virtual reality. Although virtual simulation offers a range of new possibilities learning to navigate in a virtual environment is not equivalent to learning to navigate in the real world. Therefore, virtual reality simulation is advocated as a useful preparation for assessment and training within the physical environment. We are engaged in several efforts to develop virtual environments and devices for mobility skills assessment and training, exercise training, and environment assessment. Virtual reality offers wheelchair users a training tool in different risk-free environments without any indoor (e.g., walls, furniture, and stairs) and outdoor (e.g., curb cuts, uneven terrain, and street traffic) physical constraints. Virtual reality technology will probably become more common in the field of assistive technology, especially given the rapid expansion of gaming technology and the continued exponential growth of computing power. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cooper, RARCOOPER@pitt.eduRCOOPER
Ding, Ddad5@pitt.eduDAD5
Simpson, R
Fitzgerald, SG
Spaeth, DM
Guo, S
Koontz, AMakoontz@pitt.eduAKOONTZ
Cooper, Rcooperrm@pitt.eduCOOPERRM
Kim, J
Boninger, MLboninger@pitt.eduBONINGER
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 30 September 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Assistive Technology
Volume: 17
Number: 2
Page Range: 159 - 170
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10400435.2005.10132105
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1040-0435
MeSH Headings: Computer Simulation; Disabled Persons--education; Disabled Persons--psychology; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Humans; Microcomputers; Mobility Limitation; Needs Assessment; Pennsylvania; Psychomotor Performance; User-Computer Interface; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 16392719
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 18:41
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15657

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